The Workers” Party (PT) of Brazil has denounced ”artificial and antidemocratic actions” that are clearly aimed at preventing the candidacy of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the 2018 election.
Lula is Brazil’s greatest political leader. His candidacy to the presidency of the Republic belongs to the Brazilian people and is increasingly consolidated in the country, which needs to overcome the crisis and recover democracy, job generation and sovereignty, the organization said.
The stance was established in a communiqué regarding the speedy ruling by the Regional Federal Court 4 (TRF-4) to try on January 24 the recourse filed by the ex-president against the sentenced pronounced by Federal Judge Sergio Moro, who pulls the strings in the anticorruption operation Lava Jato.
On June 12, Moro sentenced Lula to nine and a half years in prison for alleged passive corruption and money laundering without ‘presenting any credible evidence of guilt, while overwhelming proof of his innocence was openly ignored’, according to Lula’s defense attorney.
At the time, Judge Carlos Thompson Flores predicted that Lula’s appeal should take 10 to 11 months.
In that regard, the PT federal lawmaker and lawyer Wadih Damous insisted that only the use of the (legal) process as a tool for political persecution can explain the judge’s decision to speed up the trial.
He pointed out that the TRF-4 takes about 10 months to schedule this kind of action, and in the ex-president’s case, the process was received on August 26, so it will be just five months, half of the normal time, in January, he noted.
‘We expect that the explanation on that record procedure is the easiness to verify the annulment of the process and Lula’s innocence,’ said the former president’s defense attorney, Cristiano Zanin, who also questioned the violation of equal civil and political rights, ‘a fundamental guarantee of any citizen’ when a trial is expedited.